Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Reality star Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday after collapsing at a South Florida hotel, one of her lawyers said.
Smith, 39, did not respond to CPR, and her boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, 38, was with her when she passed, her attorney, Ron Rale, told FOX News.
The former Playboy Playmate was found unresponsive Thursday in her Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino room in Hollywood, Fla.
Emergency responders performed CPR at the scene and a breathing apparatus was inserted in her throat, hotel officials told TMZ.com. Smith was immediately transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood just after 2 p.m. EST.
Local streets were closed off to rush Smith to the hospital, three miles away. Paramedics were seen pumping her chest as she was taken from the hotel.
Stern told "Entertainment Tonight" that her temperature was running high Wednesday night and that the couple had been in Florida shopping for a new boat.
"She checked in Monday at 8 p.m. as a guest. She was due to check out tomorrow," said Danielle Giordaano, a spokeswoman for the Hard Rock Hotel.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Maybe you're not overjoyed about how things worked out. There's nothing you can do about it now. If the past continues to haunt you, the only ways to change it are through rewriting your memories or blocking them out altogether. Shifting your focus would help a lot, too. Stop looking backward all the time. Turn your gaze to the future. Starting now, this is where you can make a difference. Let your previously learned lessons guide you without forcing your hand. Circumstances will be different every time. Respond to the current conditions and make something completely new.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Well, I too am special. My co-worker who is already training for the run offered to get me one of the posters for this year. She did and it is lovely. It is even signed. I feel special. I will have it framed. I cannot wait. I went to target last night looking for frames just to get a price. I did not have the size with me so I will have to measure and go back to get one.
It is a lovely poster! The colors are so vibrant!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
In October I played tourist with some friends of mine. We went to downtown and walked around the Battery (White Point Gardens) and the streets nearby. We actually spent the afternoon walking into people's yards to see the beautiful gardens. There were some lovely places downtown. Just a few pics of interesting things. The next day I was off to Charles Towne Landing since it had been remodeled. It is very ncie as well. You must go and see it.
Cooper River Bridge Run Training Clinics
Saturday, July 16, 2005
For those who poured the concrete or set the rivets, building the three Cooper River bridges was a deadly job, claiming the lives of at least 19 workmen.
Falling may have been the biggest risk, but the single worst incident occurred deep below the surface on the river bottom.
"Caught like rats in a trap," declared a 1928 News and Courier article describing how seven black workmen were killed excavating one of the footings for the first span, the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge.
The men, known as "sandhogs," were in a supposedly water-tight caisson — a deeply sunk, cylindrical wooden box taller than three houses that dropped from the river's surface to its bottom. Once inside, the men could stay mostly dry as they undertook the well-paying but dirty job of removing tons of sand, mud and oyster shells.
Disaster struck when the caisson at Grace's No. 10 footing abruptly shifted, opening a 29-degree crack between the caisson wall and the river, allowing mud and water to flood in on the men, covering them in a few seconds.
"It was as though a glass, inverted in a tub of water, had suddenly been tipped to allow a cushion of air to escape, and the water to take its place, filling the glass," the newspaper reported.
The deaths punctuated the ever-present risk of building the Grace Bridge, by far the more dangerous of the three spans that crossed the Cooper River between Charleston and Mount Pleasant during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Fourteen of the 19 worker deaths associated with all three bridges occurred on the Grace, while four died on the Silas Pearman Bridge in the 1960s. One worker died on the new Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.
Other Grace victims include a worker who drowned after he was knocked off the bridge by a scaffolding beam; another who tried to save a friend from electrocution and himself received a fatal shock; and a worker whose head was split open by a piece of falling steel.
One man died in a crash when the tram he was driving ran out of control because the brakes failed. Another sandhog died from the bends, also known as "caisson disease," associated with working in heavy pressure below sea level. The others died in unspecified accidents.
Authors Jason Annan and Pamela Gabriel addressed the labor concerns of building the bridge in their 2002 book "The Great Cooper River Bridge."
"The project did employ basic safety procedures, though they pale in comparison to what is required today," the authors wrote.
"Photographs of the project indicate that bridge workers did not always wear hard hats and were not always using safety harnesses when working up on the 18-inch-wide steel beams of the trusses."
Safety regulations improved greatly by the time the Pearman Bridge was constructed in the 1960s, but reports indicate at least four workers died in falls.
The first victim was William Thompson, 34, of Shreveport, La. He was working 60 feet in the air when the pile-driving crane he was attached to by a safety belt toppled into the marsh, taking him down. The crane, weighing between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds, landed on him.
The Pearman's second victim was steelworker Sidney Wilson, 56, of Camp Hill, Pa., a foreman who lost his footing while climbing a ladder. He struck a wooden construction walkway as he tumbled 130 feet.
Eleven days later, carpenter Henry Padgett, 35, of Colleton County, fell. He may have been electrocuted when his steel measuring tape hit a live wire. The tape was found burned in two with about 23 feet of it extended from its reel. Strong winds may have blown the tape into a 46,000 volt power line that fed much of Mount Pleasant and the Charleston waterfront.
Pearman's last fatality was A.J. Hall, 27, of Cross, who plunged 150 feet when the three-wheeled power buggy he was driving went over the side. The vehicle was used to move lumber.
Hall's life vest ripped from his body when he hit the river.
The final construction death associated with spanning the Cooper River came in May 2004 on the Ravenel Bridge. Miguel Angel Rojas Lucas, 19, fell 75 feet into Town Creek. Investigators said Lucas was provided proper safety equipment at the time of his death but that he had unclipped his safety harness in preparation for his lunch break. His body was recovered three days later.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Diamond Gordon might have had the best seat in the house on top of her uncle's shoulders at the
Maritime Centerfor the long-anticipated fireworks show that lit Thursday's night sky over the new bridge. Cooper River
"It's so pretty," said 6-year-old Diamond.
The $250,000 fireworks show opened with simultaneous displays being shot into the sky on each side of the massive cable-stayed bridge's towers. A matching third display was set off from between the towers.
Tens of thousands of people watched as the fireworks were launched after 9:30 p.m. from four barges in the
Charleston Harborand at points along the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridgethat spans Charlestonto . Mount Pleasant
"It's the most amazing show I have ever seen," said Heyward Adams III of
. "It makes me proud to live here. It's a big step for Charleston ." Charleston
The crowd that extended across the waterfront broke out in cheers before the show started. A local radio station led a 10-second countdown to the first big bangs.
The reaction continued at
, where people packed in along the pier and spilled onto the grass. When the fireworks began to explode, many cried, "That's so cool!" Waterfront Park
"It's a fitting ending and a very good beginning," said Cathe Hansen of
. She arrived before 9 p.m. and found a parking spot behind Millennium Music and walked to the Folly Beach . Maritime Center
The fireworks were part of a weeklong celebration leading up to Saturday's grand opening of the new $632 million bridge. Zambelli Fireworks Internationale filled 20,000 pounds of explosives with 60,000 fireworks.
"It's the perfect venue," George Zambelli Jr. said. "The backdrop is amazing."
Charleston's fireworks display rivaled the Kentucky Derby's and was larger in some ways than the Millennium Celebration at the , Zambelli said. The display at the Eiffel Tower shot up 750 feet in the air versus the more than 3,000-foot vertical display here. Eiffel Tower
The display's effects included geometric sequences, with lights streaming from the bridge and rising from the water. Concussions from the blasts thundered across the peninsula.
Tim Strickland of
won The Post and Courier contest to ignite the fireworks. Charleston
"When I pressed the button, all of the public was with me, and it made it electrifying," he said. "It was one of the most memorable things I've ever done in my life. It touches deep down in your heart to have been a part of this."
Ruby Williams of West Ashley lit the bridge's 37,000 watts by cell phone at 10:05 p.m. "It went wonderfully," said Williams, who had her nails manicured for the memorable occasion.
was packed with assorted watercraft for the event. Charleston Harbor
Bill Millner and Chuck Carder and their wives enjoyed sandwiches, shrimp and guacamole on Millner's Boston Whaler, anchored just off Castle Pinckney, with a cool breeze blowing off the water.
"My God, look behind us" Millner said, surveying all the boats docked nearby. "I think this is the prettiest night I've ever seen in
." Charleston Harbor
Said Carder, as he looked toward the towers: "The new bridge marks the rebirth of a great harbor. It puts us up there with
San Francisco, Hong Kong and , the most beautiful harbor cities. From a global perspective, this will really put Sidney on the map." Charleston
Margaret Bott of
watched the fireworks, but she hadn't planned to. She came to Salt Lake City because her daughter, Natalie Brackens of Charleston, went into labor. Charleston
Brackens' daughter, Madalynn, was born at
on July 5. Bott and Brackens watched with about 250 people from atop the parking garage adjacent to the hospital. "I didn't know anything about the bridge when I came here," Bott said. "This is a big surprise to me." Medical University Hospital
There was a party for the nearly 50 sponsors of the celebration at the S.C. Aquarium. About 500 guests socialized there in the hours before the show and enjoyed one of the best views of the fireworks display from the dock.
Shaun Flynn, vice president of operations with Metal Trades Inc., and his wife Linda attended the event. "It's amazing," he said. "The bridge is a tribute to the workers who built it. This evening has been remarkable."
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley greeted people at
"This is a wonderful moment in the community's history," he said. "This is a free opportunity for people to get together. They can pass down their stories as family lore."
, people snapped photos of the fireworks, especially with the ubiquitous cell phones. Maritime Center
At the beach adjacent to
Fort Moultrieon Sullivan's Island, thousands of residents had a clear view of the bridge and fireworks. There appeared to be at least as many people present as when the Hunley was raised and pulled alongside the island.
At a yard party on
Alexandra Drivein , everyone quieted down for the fireworks. Down the street, at another party when the fireworks began, a group of children began singing the "Star-Spangled Banner." Mount Pleasant
Five-year-old Alex Sanderson of
was excited for two reasons. Not only did he get to see fireworks, but he got to go home and play with family from James Island when the celebration was over. "We get to see fireworks and play with our cousins," he said. North Carolina
Dozens of people lined the marsh and boat landing behind the Hobcaw Yacht Club in
to watch. Mount Pleasant
"We're part of history" said Laura Hardy, a
Charlestonarea native who now lives in . "We wouldn't have missed it." One of her sons, 6-year-old Caleb, had fun watching the display. One of the fireworks "looked just like a little cricket," he said. Columbia
Rick Stein of
was quite impressed: "This is really something, isn't it?" Mount Pleasant
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Sunday, April 03, 2005
I leave her house for the 10 minute drive to downtown Charleston. All the shuttles leave from the visitor center. I turn left at the corner of king and calhoun. There are a stream of cars all heading the same way. A good many of them turn into the parking garage to the left. I thought it was a public garage. As it turned out , it was the parking garage for the Francis Marion Hotel.
I park and get out. I thought the Visitor Center was about 3 blocks away so I did not pull out my rain poncho. It was sprinkling. As it turned out, it was about 8 blocks away. So, that sprinkle turned out to be a lot of water all told. I got on a shuttle at 5:30 and was in Mt. Pleasant by 5:45. The walkers were dropped about a mile from our start line. We had a long way to go. The walk did not start until 8:30am and it was no just 5:45am.
The rain had begun to pour. There is a Hess station right were the shuttle stopped for walkers and when I crossed the street, I entered the mass of walkers there seeking shelter from the rain. There must have been 500 people there already. Around 6:15am I went inside and got coffee and a slice of lemon cake. It would be a long wait. I went back out side. More and more people came. Soon the entire gas station was filled up with walkers. There was no way a car could get in their for gas. I pulled out my poncho and put it on for warmth. The wind began to blow and I could tell the temp beganto drop and still it rained. Hard.
After a while I joined the long line of women waiting to use the one stall in the Hess Station. The owner was there making a killing that morning. He could have really made a killing if he had poncho's to sell. He did make a small killing on baseball hats and visors. I had to buy a visor as I needed a bill to keep the rain out of my face. I went back outside to wait.
Finally around 7am, walkers began to migrate to the start for walkers. I decide to go to. It was still pouring rain. We all waited in the cold pouring tain until 8:30 am for the walk to begin.
The run began at 8am. They started 2 miles back from the walk start. It was exciting to see them run past us. The Kenyans were in the lead and won. This year the Keyan women were beat by the women from Russia. It was a first. The runners ran and there were all sorts of people in halloween costumes. I guess they wanted to do anything to stand out in the crowd. funny hats to full costumes. There must have been 20k runners alone. At 8:30 the runners were still coming like a sea of fish. It became a little chaotic then because the walkers began to walk. So the runners who were not in the front of the pack had to wade thru all the walkers to find a way to get through.
I was in the front of the pack of walkers. I made good time. I finished the race in 2 hours 1 minutes and 3 seconds. The first span was the steepest and the hardest to get over. My shins were really feeling it about 1/2 way up. That bride was also swaying in the wind. People were literally reeling from side to side as the bridge swayed. That was amazing. I did manage to take a few pictures which I will post as soon as I can get them downloaded from my camera.
All in all it was a great experience. When it was time to go home I had a dilema. I had packed lightly just wearing a fanny pack. Camera, keys, drivers liscense and nothing else. I had pulled into a pay lot with no money to get out. I called my father and had him bring me some money to get out of the lot.
By the time I got home, I was crippled. My shins were aching , I was limping and my toes were hurting. Next time, I will have to train better than I did. All yesterday, my shins were very sore. They are better today, but still sore. At least I did it! I walked the Silas Pearman bridge for the first and last time!